Acne Got Your Back?

Almost everyone knows that the feeling when you’re staring at the giant pimple on your face and you’re already late for your date. And, as if that’s not enough, people with facial acne are far more likely to develop body acne. For some, body acne comes in the teens and twenties, others find sudden acne flareups well into adulthood.  Luckily there’s something you can do about it.

Body acne is extremely common with blemishes appearing and disappearing on your back, arms, chest and bottom. Most people just don’t want to talk about it. As with acne on your face, body acne forms when pores become clogged with excess oil or dead skin. Body acne is a little trickier to control, too, because the skin on the rest of your body has larger pores than those on your face, meaning it’s easier to stop them up. And clothes that tend to trap oil on your skin and prevent evaporation.

So what do you do about body acne?

As with any acne, it’s mostly about keeping your skin clean. It means using a soft sponge and mild body wash and clean ALL of your body (even the hard to reach areas like your back). Take a shower when you exercise and sweat. Change your t-shirt when it gets sweaty, too.

If regular washing doesn’t curb the acne in a week, it’s time to look elsewhere. Watch your diet. Event though, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, there’s no proof that food causes acne, it’s certainly suspected that super greasy foods, like pizza and fried foods, don’t do your skin any good.

One thing that IS linked to acne is stress. If you are stressed, your adrenal glands pump out more cortisol hormones and cause your oil producing glands to go into overdrive and produce more oil. The excess oil makes your pores clog more. So you might want to explore things like massage or get more exercise (and sleep) to reduce stress levels.

The big guns

Still suffering from body acne? Try a licensed esthetician. A qualified, licensed esthetician can give you a very effective acne treatment that includes deep cleansing, exfoliation with extractions to clear your pores and typically a little education and personalized home care recommendation. Most estheticians offer body treatments along with facials–-just ask.

If the powerful serums and cleansers you get from your esthetician still don’t do the trick, try a dermatologist. It’s likely to be costly, and there may be side-effects to the treatments, but a visit might unveil other issues causing the acne, or other ways to treat it.